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Current Drought Conditions in the United States

Drought conditions have continued to intensify and expand across portions of the West, High Plains, Midwest, and the South. Fueled by dry conditions and Santa Ana winds, there was an explosive growth of the fires that started in Southern California the first week of December. In contrast, some snow fell across the South and Southeast, including southern Texas eastward into Georgia. There were a few areas where drought conditions improved, mainly in the far southern areas where there was plentiful precipitation.

(The U.S. Drought Monitor is jointly produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Map courtesy of NDMC-UNL.)

Although drought conditions in the southern and western portions have improved, conditions have continued to intensify throughout the rest of the state. Portions of Bowie, Red River, Lamar, Marion and Harrison county are now in extreme drought.

Drought conditions have continued to deteriorate in Oklahoma. The entire state is now under abnormally dry or drought conditions. Extreme drought conditions have expanded from McCurtain county into portions of Choctaw and Pushmataha.

(The U.S. Drought Monitor is jointly produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Map courtesy of NDMC-UNL.)  

Drought conditions have intensified in northern Louisiana. Approximately 7 percent of the state is now under extreme drought conditions, and areas under severe drought have expanded to cover 30 percent of the state.

(The U.S. Drought Monitor is jointly produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Map courtesy of NDMC-UNL.)

Drought conditions in Georgia remain similar to the previous week. There was some improvement in areas under moderate drought.

(The U.S. Drought Monitor is jointly produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Map courtesy of NDMC-UNL.)

No notable changes occurred in North Carolina over the past week. Although drought conditions have not significantly expanded, they have also not improved.

(The U.S. Drought Monitor is jointly produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Map courtesy of NDMC-UNL.)

Precipitation is expected to be concentrated along the southeastern and northwestern coasts. To check out the forecast near you, try the NOAA Quantitative Precipitation Forecast map

The website links below include the current drought monitors and other current drought conditions information.

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